At the conclusion of the 2011 regular season, the Washington Nationals boasted one of the top farm systems in the game. Since then, however, they’ve traded away a majority of their highly regarded prospects for big league talent—which paid immediate dividends.
Their offseason trade with the A’s for Gio Gonzalez severely depleted their system, as they parted with catcher Derek Norris, as well as pitchers Tommy Milone, Brad Peacock and A.J. Cole.
Recently the Nats traded their top pitching prospect, 6’9” right-hander Alex Meyer, to the Twins to land Denard Span. Although their much-needed leadoff-hitting center fielder came at a steep price, it was definitely a justified move.
However, their farm system took the biggest hit from the graduation of Bryce Harper to the major leagues, which was expected given the phenom’s ceiling of a generational player.
While they still house several top-100 prospects, it’s clearly one of the weaker systems headed into the 2013 season.